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Hi. My name is Scott Aitken. Among other things, I’m a professional freelance photographer and artist.
I was born in Winnipeg, Canada. My family moved to the US when I was a toddler, so of course Canadians think I speak with an American accent, and Americans sometimes notice a Canadian accent (eh?). We moved out to Washington State when I was twelve.
In high school in the late 1970s, I was a stereotypical photo nerd. I learned to develop and print black and white photos--color being far too expensive for public schools. I borrowed my dad’s Canon camera for the better part of three years.
Another influence on my photography is travel. I have an uncle who used to travel to exotic places like India, Africa, and Nepal, and I was mesmerized by his stories as a child. I joined the US Navy immediately following high school, and was promptly shipped off to Japan. I spent a year in Japan, with shorter trips to several other countries in Asia. By the end of my tour in the Navy, the travel bug had infected me for life. I still travel whenever I have the time and money. It was dissatisfaction with the quality of my travel photos that led me to seek out techniques to increase my photography skills and purchase better quality equipment.
In recent years, I have been doing more studio photography. My latest project is developing a fine art series using a unique lighting technique called painting with light.
I hope you enjoy my photography!
Images © Scott Aitken, all rights reserved.